Do you know what your skin type is? And no, I don’t mean “fair??? or “dark???. I mean oily, dry, combination, Normal, etc? If you are like so many women out there, you probably have no idea what type of skin you really have.
All too many of us don’t know our skin type and that makes it really difficult when buying products. The majority of people only use a skincare product because their friend or someone recommended it. The problem with this is that everybody has different skin and your friend’s skin type may be the opposite of yours. This means that you can actually be causing more harm to your skin than helping it.
Before you are able to find the right products for your skin, you’ll want to know what skin type you have. Here are all the skin types and how you can determine which is yours.
Dry – If you have dry skin then you probably are aware of it. You may notice your skin is usually tight and possibly even flakey. Your pores are almost unnoticeable and when you wash your skin, you can feel it begging for moisture. People with dry skin often deal with more surface wrinkles and fine lines than those with combination to oily skin due to dehydration.
Oily – This is the most misdiagnosed skin type out there. Many people look at their shiny skin and say they have oily skin, however, that’s not always the case. People with oily skin usually have the following characteristics: Large visible pores, frequent black & white heads and a visible shine especially around mid-day.
Combination – Combination skin could be considered the toughest skin type to conquer because you could be dealing with two opposite ends of the skin care spectrum. The majority of people with combination skin have a T-zone that is oily, and cheeks that are dry or normal (I have combination skin, oily T-zone and normal everywhere else). Many people deal with occasional breakouts and larger than normal pores, especially on the nose. The main issue is what skincare to use. Many people try products meant for oily skin because they breakout. This usually leads to dry flaky skin and lots of frustration. Combination skin requires gentle oil control in certain areas as well as moisture to ensure even healthy skin
Normal– What does normal mean anyway? Well, when we’re talking about skin, it means you are amongst the lucky ones; at least for the time being because skincare changes over time and with seasons. If you don’t have a problem with oil or breakouts, and you don’t feel that your skin is dry and tight, you probably fall in the normal skin type range. Most people with normal skin have small pores with little to no breakouts. Only a few people fall into this category… “Mostly babies??? lol.
Remember what works for Nnenna may cause damage to Nneka because they dont have the same skin type. Your skin is your baby, you should be protecting it and making sure it gets exactly what it needs. By determining your skin type, you can then choose the right products. Dry skin should be using cream cleansers and thick moisturizing creams whereas oily skin should be using oil-free products.
If you really want to get the best skin your body is capable of, stop listening to what other people are using and start listening to your skin. It will tell you the right products for you and like I always say KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS…
Till next time….xoxoxoxo